Five Plus-Size Velvet Dresses

My name is Cora, and I am a obsessed with velvet. I always have been, and this particular moment in fashion is extremely exciting for me, because velvet is freaking everywhere! I set out to write a review of the the witchy burgundy dress I shared on Instagram, and I realized the Simply Be site has so many amazing velvet dresses I wanted to share a few more with you guys! If you’re not familiar with Simply Be, it’s an incredible UK site for trendy and fabulous clothes sizes 8-28. I adore their size inclusivity, I’ve bought from them for years, and I’ve always been really happy with my purchases. They also have a men’s line that is unlike most men’s clothing that I’ve seen especially for larger men’s sizes. This x-mas I picked up several amazing Joe Browns pieces for Mr. Vintageortacky, and he was thrilled! Let me know if you’d like to see me do a review of their Men’s Line ^_^

Dress | Necklace | Boots | Belt

I’m getting started today with a dress I bought last fall, since I can write a review based on my experince. The Witchy vibes on this one are insane. I’ve worn this so many times I’ve lost count. It’s super soft, stretchy, the shape is flattering (once belted) the color is divine, and I LOVE a high-neck dress. It keeps me a bit warmer, and creates a backdrop for my jewelry. The best part? It was $31 bucks. Yep. Snap it up babes, it’s available in sizes 10-22, but I think it’s really size flexible. I have this in a size 22 but there is so much stretch I easily could have sized down, so my friends who wear a 24 or even a 26 could probably rock a 22. I wish it came in an emerald or hunter green a mustard and a navy. If SimplyBe decided to sell it in more colors I would SNAP. IT. UP.

this Blue Velvet number is serving 80’s Dynasty Vibes. You could go all-out with big curls and close toed pumps for a theme night (anyone else obsessed with 80’s style?) or modernize with a sleek ponytail and strappy sandals. How fab would this be with a white faux-fur stole? I AM DYING! If anyone buys this, please send me pictures! This gorgeous number is available in size 8-22!

This Kimono style dress is the perfect way to wear velvet this spring. The shape of the dress is so effortless and casual, but the print is a gorgeous expression of flowers and leaves. The model here is wearing silver accessories but I think a taupey gray would be equally gorgeous! Available in sizes 8-28 which is so great I wanna whoop and holler- amazing size range!

This embellished number would be equality dynamite with ankle boots, sneakers or a rainbow hue of tights. I’d personally rock this with striped tights, chuck taylors, and hot pink lipstick. I love that the shape isn’t so fussy or form-fitting, but the asymmetry and embellishment keep it from being boring. Perfect for babes who want some breathing or dancing room. Available in size 8-22

Speaking of Hot Pink the drape and color of this dress are simply to die for. Why don’t I own any hot pink velvet? I would rock this just as you see here: With Black boots and a leopard clutch. Available in size 8-22, I’d likely add fishnets in the spring/summer or leather leggings in the fall/winter to keep warm, but this is Definitely Vintageortacky Style!


XOXO -Cora

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90’s Inspired Urban Forest

*Clothing provided by Simply Be*90's Urban Forest shrunk

Hey Guys & Dolls!

This dress is so 90’s and I’m feeling my inner riot girl down to the run in my tights- see if you can catch it in the video. I love and live in shirt dresses because they are perennially cool, flattering, and I think incredibly sexy in an understated and confident way. I wanted to include a look in this series that wasn’t as dressed-up; parties are often casual affairs and I sometimes one does not want to fuss with an updo! Let you hair down, throw on some silly accessories (soup ladle earrings anyone?) and relax into the holidays!


We filmed this at a bus stop in Oakland. I love how in the middle of this busy city, that my mom calls the concrete jungle, there’s this bus stop with a bit of wild grass, flowers and these memorial stones. There’s also a mural on the other side I’ll show you another day. I just love how steps away from this is a 7-11, a nice apartment building, billboards, and adorable craftsman style single family homes. I “hella” love Oakland!

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90's Urban Forest Shopping Links Dress, Simply Be; footless Tights, Spanx; Harmonica Necklace, Aldo; Bullet Necklace, Soup Ladle Earrings & Other jewelry, Old, Button Boots Simply Be (available in several shoe and calf widths)

In addition to the Anatomy of a Pin Up look I’m wearing in all 5 looks, here’s another look that would be interesting with this outfit. Logo  Tagline

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